A personal message From Kerry Culverhouse, Cinema Roma owner, on her decision not to show Fifty Shades of Grey:
"While I understand that there are some who are interested in the upcoming movie 50 Shades of Grey, I cannot in good conscience support a movie that is highly pornographic and glamorizes violence against women.
"The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey estimated that in 2012, 41% of women aged 18 years and over had experienced some form of violence since the age of 15, the majority of whom were assaulted by an intimate partner.
"Rather than support this film I will be donating to the #50dollarsnot50shades campaign, one of many aiming to help raise awareness and desperately needed funds.
"You can find out more about the project in Alice Springs at http://asws.org.au/fifty-shades-of-donations/.
"I admire the passion of the people that are advocating for what they believe is a right.
"I too am a passionate person and support many just causes with my whole heart.
"Another cause our family business is currently working to improve includes our brands of coffee, chocolate and tea, industries that are also heavily tainted with the physical and sexual abuse of women and children.
"We look forward to introducing our new fair trade lines in the near future.
"We sincerely appreciate the feedback we have received and the awareness generated through discussions.
"If you would like to speak to someone regarding domestic violence or sexual abuse, please contact the Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 010 120 or at www.dvconnect.org."
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